The Streets – Computers and Blues

February 27, 2011 by  

The Streets exploded onto the new music scene in 2002 with the album Original Pirate Material and at the time didn’t necessarily seem to be the type of act with the potential for longevity that would still see it courting the music industry nearly ten years on from the debut album.

Never the less, five albums later the man behind The Streets, Mike Skinner, continues to produce his blend of garage cum indie and returns with his fifth studio album under The Streets banner, titled Computers and Blues. Interestingly there are a number of rumours in circulation suggesting that this may also be the last we hear from The Streets.

Continuing on from but perhaps having matured slightly from earlier albums this latest work very much embraces moments from all of the The Streets previous efforts. Hints of garage, social commentary and even the odd ballad are all here. Track We Can Never Be Friends certainly serves as a fitting follow up to Dry Your Eyes from 2004’s A Grand Don’t Come For Free.

On the topic of stand out tracks others worth mentioning include the frothing Without Thinking and the angst ridden Going Through Hell, with the latter featuring the vocals of Robert Harvey from the band The Music.

Fittingly the album ends on a high with the strutting Lock The Locks, a mid tempo song complete with both hooky synth and trumpet melodies which are in turn backed by the vocal prowess of Skinner and other guest Clare Maguire. Lyrics ‘knock out the lights, lock the locks and leave’ possibly serving as a reference to the fact that The Streets story may well end at Computers and Blues.

As ever with The Streets work there is a certain cheeky charm to Computers and Blues helping to make the album particularly likeable.

If the rumours do turn out to be true and this album is to be the last we hear from The Streets it will certainly stand as a fitting tribute to an act that achieved a lot more than most. It will also highlight the fact that The Streets pushed boundaries and successfully moved music that bit further forward.

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